Gungrave VR Announced for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus

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The last time we reported on Gungrave, the franchise was getting a Korean-developed mobile spinoff. Despite being an officially licensed release, many fans were hoping for something more like the PlayStation 2 original – the release that spawned a popular anime adaptation, as well as other game spinoffs.

Now, we’ve learned (via 4Gamer) that the same developer of the mobile spinoff, Iggymob, is working on a virtual reality-exclusive shooting-action game, based on the PlayStation 2 original. The game is set to launch for PlayStation VR first in Japan sometime later this year, followed by other VR devices like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift later.

The game is described as a new entry within the Gungrave universe that makes use of optimized assets, and even features a new story that goes beyond the sequel, Gungrave: Overdose. The game’s classic infinite shooting, environment destruction, and “full break action” are all returning and being optimized for virtual reality.

The game will have both third-person and first-person gameplay mechanics, with the former utilizing the “full break action” and the latter utilizing dynamic shooting.

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that publisher Blueside and Iggymob are billing this game as a true release to the series’ legacy, noting original members from Red Entertainment are helping with the development of the title. They include: original Gunvrave illustrator Yasuhiro Nightow and composer Tsuneo Imahori.

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  • PenguinPlayer

    VR, huh? Well, I’m a sucker for Gungrave so I can see myself picking this up immediately after I pick up a Playstation VR, which is probably never since this is the first time I got interested in it at all.

  • mega jew

    Another game that has VR forced onto it

  • JFpaes15

    Wasn’t Gungrave a Sega game? Did they lose the rights to the franchise, or never had it to begin with?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Never had it; there was a PS2 game that even made it outside of Japan.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    If Overdose is anything to go by; this is gonna be one hell of a strain on the shoulders.

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    Man, i want it so bad. Bring up the HEAT

  • Jose Flanders

    Didn’t see this one coming.

  • alterku

    Exactly my sentiments. Gungrave and Overdose were two of my favorites on the PS2, and the anime was pretty good too, but I’m not going to put myself into debt for a fad-gimmick just to play the next game.

  • Vernify

    This is like a dream come true…mostly. I don’t have a VR headset and this is the only time I can think of having an interest in it. So unless there was some good or even great release’s put out that are VR and I simply never paid them any mind, I don’t know if I could possibly justify throwing down the cash to simply enjoy some new Gungrave action.

  • Mr0303

    Shooting galleries work well in VR, so this could be fun.